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Kucinich Not Involved With New Cheney Video

There's a new coalition of anti-war groups calling for the impeachment of Vice President Cheney, and viral video is a big part of its strategy. But the group has no direct connection to the impeachment efforts of Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich.

As washingtonpost.com's Paul Kane reported earlier this week in his Capitol Briefing blog, Kucinich proposed a House resolution calling for Cheney's impeachment back in May, and it now has 10 co-sponsors. The Ohio congressman is proposing three articles of impeachment:

Article 1: "Vice President Richard B. Cheney, in violation of his constitutional duty, has purposely manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and the Congress of the United States."

Article 2: "Vice President Richard B. Cheney, in violation of his constitutional duty, has purposely manipulated the intelligence process to deceive the citizens and the Congress of the United States."

Article 3: "Vice President Richard B. Cheney, in violation of his constitutional duty, has openly threatened aggression against the Republic of Iran, undermining the national security of the United States."

The video out today, at the Web site ImpeachCheney.org, is a 3-minute review of the three articles. It uses clips of Cheney speaking on news shows like "Meet the Press" that are quoted in the House resolution.

The ImpeachCheney.org site is co-sponsored by a coaltion of Web sites and groups including Brave New Films (the folks who made the anti-Fox News movie "Outfoxed"), Democrats.com (not to be confused with the Democratic Party's official site Democrats.org) and the anti-Bush site AfterDowningStreet.org.

Coalition spokeswoman Tracy Fleischman says the group decided to target the vice president because, "In recent weeks it became more apparent he's been abusing power and someone had to stand up and lay very clearly the crimes he's been commiting and the case for impeachment."

But Fleischman makes clear the group's efforts are not tied directly to Kucinich. "It was becoming more and more apparent that impeachment needs to be brought to light as a very viable option. And what the video does is it lays out point by point for people not following situation as carefully, why Cheney is a prime candidate for impeachment, the ways in which he's abused his power," she said.

For his part, Kucinich says he's had no contact with the group, but isn't surprised more people are signing on to his resolution.

"This is happening spontaneously. This is rising spontaneoulsy," Kucinich said in an interview today. "I'm running for president. Impeachment, for me, is not what my campaign's about," he said. But he says he's sponsoring the resolution because, "I think there's a growing awareness that something must be done to save our democracy from this extreme abuse of power and violation of the constitution, and deliberate violation of the law."

And Kucinich expects more congressional support in the coming days, as members return from the July 4th recess. "I've had many members talk to me about this in the past few months. And there are members who have expressed to me their concerns, some with hesitation about whether they can do it. But there's a lot of appreciation that I took the leadership. ... It's just a matter of time that this gains more momentum," Kucinich said.

As for the vice president, Cheney spokesman Jamie Hennigan referred us to his office's previous comments on the House resolution: "The vice president remains focused on the serious issues facing our nation."

-- Ed O'Keefe

Watch the video below. Do you think these type of Internet campaigns make any impact? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

By Ed O'Keefe |  July 6, 2007; 2:20 PM ET Dennis Kucinich
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Impeachment seems an extreme and futile measure when the Congress can't even muster enough votes to cut off funding the Iraq war. Most moderate citizens would wonder why the proposed "Articles of Impeachment" indict Cheney for threatening Iran, admittedly no friend of the United States, whom America has been threatening since 1953 when the CIA helped overthrow its duly elected prime minister. I'd prefer to see the energy that goes into such campaigns channeled into efforts to amend the Patriot Act, stop spying on Americans, and end a war that has claimed almost 3,600 of our soldiers, 1,000 contractors, and untold Iraqis who would be alive and well today if we hadn't invaded. I'd like to see effort put toward achievable goals.

Posted by: David C. Nelson | July 6, 2007 3:33 PM

I'm no fan of Cheney's, but I don't think the material supports the charges. It shows him being vehemently, pig-headedly, wrong but it doesn't show an intent to decieve.

And its hard to see how "taking no option off the table" constitues an impeachable threat, assuming that threatening an avowed enemy is an inpeachable offense in the first place.

The converted will love it, but they don't have the polical weight to remove Cheney from office, or to elect Kucinich for that matter.

Posted by: Irish Jazz | July 6, 2007 4:22 PM

Articles 1 and 2 are the same.

Posted by: confused | July 6, 2007 4:39 PM

Do these type of Internet campaigns have any impact, you ask? Impact on who, Nancy Pelosi? Doubtful.

We've already informed her that unless she puts an end to this madness before we start bombing Iran that the Democrats are going to be turned out in 2008, and she refuses to take us at our word. So what good could these truths possibly do?

Posted by: trippin | July 6, 2007 5:05 PM

Right after we released the video, American Research Group released a poll that found a 54%-40% majority support the impeachment of Dick Cheney.

I think our video is a glowing ember in a parched forest...

For the latest impeachment news, visit http://democrats.com

Posted by: bob fertik | July 6, 2007 5:21 PM

Heck yeah impeach him. The greatest threat to our democracy is from within, starting in his office. The terrorist murdered 3000--Cheney is responsible for the deaths and grievous injury of thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. He caused torture to become the policy of the USA, and by doing so undermined the security of our armed forces. Definitely, IMPEACH HIM ALREADY!!!

Posted by: LiberalTarian | July 6, 2007 5:25 PM

Heck yeah impeach him. The greatest threat to our democracy is from within, starting in his office. The terrorists murdered 3000--Cheney is responsible for the deaths and grievous injury of thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. He caused torture to become the policy of the USA, and by doing so undermined the security of our armed forces. Definitely, IMPEACH HIM ALREADY!!!

Posted by: LiberalTarian | July 6, 2007 5:25 PM

Just make sure you do not go hunting with the Vice President. VP Dick Cheney likes to shoot his opponents in the face just when they are not looking.

I applaud Mr. Kucinich, as he is the only person to show some real moxy against these thugs called Republican's in the White House.

DUCK!

Posted by: Patrick | July 6, 2007 5:32 PM

The articles of impeachment speak clearly to the criminal endeavor which is the Iraq war. The deliberate campaign that this former oil executive has waged to secure rights to Iraq oil should be obvious even to the blind. That he harassed, intimidated, and fired CIA analysts who did not return "the results" he wanted, is commong knowledge and statements of fact. To let this criminal behavior pass as business as usual is not only amoral but profoundly un-American, un-democratic, and unforgivable. Not a single day should this man hold public office, and he must account for the lost lives, American and Iraqui, as wells as the lost treasury that has been spent to enrich a few oil executives and military contractors. Shame on those who simply wish impeachment movement go away. They aid and abet the criminals. Proceed with impeachment, let the truth come out, and let there be a day of reckoning for those who have shor-circuited our system of government.

Posted by: E. Vega | July 6, 2007 5:36 PM

The articles of impeachment speak clearly to the criminal endeavor which is the Iraq war. The deliberate campaign that this former oil executive has waged to secure rights to Iraq oil should be obvious even to the blind. That he harassed, intimidated, and fired CIA analysts who did not return "the results" he wanted, is commong knowledge and statements of fact. To let this criminal behavior pass as business as usual is not only amoral but profoundly un-American, un-democratic, and unforgivable. Not a single day should this man hold public office, and he must account for the lost lives, American and Iraqui, as wells as the lost treasury that has been spent to enrich a few oil executives and military contractors. Shame on those who simply wish impeachment movement go away. They aid and abet the criminals. Proceed with impeachment, let the truth come out, and let there be a day of reckoning for those who have shor-circuited our system of government.

Posted by: E. Vega | July 6, 2007 5:37 PM

Will someone please tell these moonbats to get a job?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 6, 2007 11:27 PM

The blatant disregard for laws and delibrate short short circuiting of the checks and balances of the government is the greatest sin anyone can do to the land of the free. Dick Cheney single handedly made a mockery of the United State Constitution.

Impeach the bugger.

Posted by: Ken | July 6, 2007 11:35 PM

Fascinating presentation. I feel that mere impeachment of the Vice President isn't enough. That he's getting off to easy. Rather, criminal charges should be brought against the Vice President, as well as President George W. Bush, and Donald Rumsfeld. They should be given a trial, Iraqi style- wink. Or at least imprisoned for the remainder of their lives.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 6, 2007 11:44 PM

Boy was this video disappointing, almost laughable in how amateur it was. A collection of video clips and a little looped ominous track? There are probably very good arguments to be made for impeachment, but this video wasn't it. However the undergrad student who probably produced it for an intro course on multimedia should get a grade of B.

Posted by: woods | July 7, 2007 12:38 AM

For those who remain unconvinced that Cheney is directly behind virtually every initiative that has made Bush the worst president in the history of this country, there's a wonderful series in NYT written by Jo Becker and some other guy, that looks in depth at something many of us already know -- Cheney is the top dog in this country, and all decisions are either made by him or with his approval. I think that, as Americans, we have to stop thinking about what's "impractical" about impeachment. The surveillance and wiretapping of our private lives, the invasion, takeover, and establishment of a permanent US military base in Iraq, and the billions of dollars made by Halliburton on "reconstruction" probably served somebody's practical interests, but they certainly weren't mine and probably weren't yours either. We may be divided by political, religious, and economic views in this country, red and blue and all that; but at some point we have to realize that defusing the terrorist tactics unleashed by this administration serves a common good and a patriotic end for all of us, for our collective salvation and our collective welfare. Defuse this machine of death that is holocausting our youth.

Posted by: Jody | July 7, 2007 12:48 AM

Yes, impeachment is long overdue. Bush must go too. It is a tragedey that Americans are willing to tolerate an Administration that fabricated an outright lie to launch an invasion of Iraq. People who are willing to throw bombs on innocents civilians are vile, and capable of anything

Posted by: guns'n'bibles | July 7, 2007 4:25 AM

It is necessary to impeach Oil Slick Dick but this video is poorly done and undermines the cause of impeachment. The producers would be better off recognizing that Bush/Cheney is a threat to the United States and that the rule of law no longer has meaning under this evil regime. The only way to impeach in America is if Cheney gets a blow job. Americans are the kind of people who can't even handle a blow job and then they think they can handle assault weapons. A massive oil spill on Cheney's front lawn would make a point, but stronger measures are called for. When Junior's daddy was Vice President, family friend Hinckley tried to make him President. The family of the man charged with trying to assassinate President Reagan is friends with the Bush Crime Family and had made large contributions to his political campaign, the Houston Post reported.
The newspaper said in a copyright story, Scott Hinckley, brother of John W. Hinckley Jr., who allegedly shot Reagan, was to have dined that night in Denver at the home of Neil Bush, one of the vice president's sons.
The newspaper said it was unable to reach Scott Hinckley, vice president of his father's Denver-based firm, Vanderbilt Energy Corp., for comment. Neil Bush lives in Denver, where he works for Standard Oil Co. of Indiana.
Neil served as campaign manager for his alcoholic brother, George W. Bush (Arbusto George), the vice president's oldest son, who made an unsuccessful bid for Congress. Neil lived in Lubbock throughout much of 1978, where John Hinckley lived from 1974 through 1980.
Sharon Bush, Neil's wife, said Scott Hinckley was coming to their house as a date of a girl friend of hers.

"From what I know and I've heard, they (the Hinckleys) are a very nice family and have given a lot of money to the Bush campaign. I understand he was just the most loyal Bushie in the family." she said.

Bush's daddy, Hitler's banker, financed the Holocaust. After the war, war criminals in Nazi intelligence were not tried and executed but instead were given a raise and merged into US intelligence. Hitler's intelligence network set about to use all covert means such as assassinations and plane crashes and domestic surveillance to bring Prescott and his son and his grandson to the pinnacle of power. "If we had a Reichstag fire in some hated liberal place like New York, it would be a heck of a lot easier," George said, "just so long as I'm the dictator.. hehe.."

George W. Bush said he was unsure whether he had met John W. Hinckley.

Posted by: Leaky Dick | July 7, 2007 6:32 AM

Really proud (not) to see that my Congressman Jim Moran is supporting this nonsense. I've signed the petition many times now - need to think of some more goofy people to sign it. Maybe Mickey Mouse needs to sign.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 7, 2007 7:26 AM

How can you impeach Cheney? He'll tell you he's not part of the government anymore!

Posted by: dcdoug | July 7, 2007 1:49 PM

I try not to be so disappointed in the opposition's methods and arguments as they support the criminal activities and overreaching power in which the current administration has participated. Although a few doubters really attempt thoughtful discourse such as in the first comment, "I'd like to see effort put toward achievable goals." Most resort to name calling such as, "moonbats", straw-man arguments such as criticizing the video quality, and aim at undermining lawful civil descent, "I've signed the petition many times now - need to think of some more goofy people to sign it. Maybe Mickey Mouse needs to sign."
I wish there was a more reasoned dialectic. Perhaps if people were more interested in coming to a greater understanding rather then being defensive we could move as a nation to stop the erosion of our precious civil and criminal laws.
The support for Cheney/Bush seems to take it's lead from the poor critical thinking skills exhibited by Bush and the darker and more dangerous intentions of Cheney. Ignorance, fear, hostility, and greed permeate the actions of our government and it's supporters. Social, political, and religious history has shown that indulging in these defects of character prevents growth and diminishes the grace needed to light the path to a greater good.
Think America, please.

Posted by: Rev. A. Day | July 7, 2007 11:39 PM

I too was disappointed by the video: not the quality, which is fine, but the garish aesthetics. Even so, the video is accomplishing the desired objective, which is to raise awareness of the issue. So if it is effective, the aesthetics don't matter.

Impeachment would serve a valuable purpose. The White House has been avoiding all efforts toward establishing a reasonable degree of openness of governance. In the course of impeachment, there is no such thing as executive privilege.

Posted by: Joseph j7uy5 | July 8, 2007 11:08 AM

Unfortunately it reeks of preaching to the choir-while many of us want him impeached, it will take many more Americans to make it a reality. Save the "evil guy" tone and stick to the facts, compare what he's done to others who have been impeached, even mention the effort to impeach Clinton and that he also had some problems with the truth. If an effort is shown to look at both sides of this thing, we will have a better chance to gain support of moderate repbulicans and independents. After all, America will only become well again after we begin to be Americans first rather than members of a party.

Posted by: jimjazz | July 8, 2007 2:32 PM

Why only 10 cosponsors? There should be hundreds of them. Write your congressman and demand this criminal enemy of America be removed from office and tried for his crimes.

Posted by: D.Wayne | July 8, 2007 4:48 PM

Heck yea! Impeach the dynamic duo (bush and cheney). What do we have to lose? If nothing, just think the US has eighteen more months of bush and company if Congress does nothing? I would rather have Congress impeach now and have the country move on in the right direction - minus the neocons who helped put these bums in office.

Posted by: sek1026 | July 9, 2007 12:10 AM

Do you think these type of Internet campaigns make any impact? - - I certainly hope so. At the very least the internet campaigns are an antidote to the mind-numbing, celebrity worshipping, trivia-seeking, nausea inducing tripe that is put forth by the majority of the mainstream press.

Posted by: TRobbins | July 9, 2007 4:33 PM

The only impact these videos have is to get the loony left or the nutso right all fired up to support their respective parties' more extreme candidates. What a joke. What a shame. People should agitate for actual change instead of howling at the moon. Until they do, they'll just continue to be exploited by their politicians. Unless we as an electorate can substitute critical thinking for this breathless flailing, we deserve the shoddy level of government we see today.

For the record, Clinton sent troops (me included) to Kuwait in '97 because of Iraqi WMD programs. The UN, the French, the Russian and the Brits all publically claimed Iraq had WMD too, so it isn't such a "slam dunk" to say that the current Administration intentionally deceived anyone (on that particular point, at least).

Posted by: JB | July 9, 2007 7:25 PM

I was for impeachment, then arrest and trial by an international war crimes tribunal and finally execution of every member of this cabal, including GWB, Cheney and his entire coteries of supporters, advisers and lackeys (including - but not limited to - Colin Powell and Condi Rice) long before I saw this video; But where are Democrats with backbone and integrity or principles supporting our constitution? Alas, the answer is 'nowhere', certainly not in US Congress, the only agency with powers to do all the necessary things to bring about retribution and some degree of restitution to the one million Iraqi victims of our aggression.

Posted by: Inayat Lalani | July 10, 2007 8:32 PM

I was for impeachment, then arrest and trial by an international war crimes tribunal and finally execution of every member of this cabal, including GWB, Cheney and his entire coteries of supporters, advisers and lackeys (including - but not limited to - Colin Powell and Condi Rice) long before I saw this video; But where are Democrats with backbone and integrity or principles supporting our constitution? Alas, the answer is 'nowhere', certainly not in US Congress, the only agency with powers to do all the necessary things to bring about retribution and some degree of restitution to the one million Iraqi victims of our aggression.

Posted by: Inayat Lalani | July 10, 2007 8:32 PM

I think these vidoes are very useful.

Impeachment takes the will of the people, in order to change the minds of the Executive Branch's own Party.

Clinton was never going to be impeached, because the public didn't support it. Since the GOP didn't bother to try to convince anyone but Republicans, they ended up historically LOSING seats in the next election.

These videos are information for the public. In about two minutes, the charges are spelled out clearly. Facts and dates are provided. These are the types of facts that build public support for getting an official out of office who has abused his power.

Unfortunately, as it stands, the GOP still supports Bush and Cheney. So we may not get them impeached, but the GOP will be the minority party for at least a generation.

They impeached a President who only they wanted impeached.
And they refuse to impeach a President who everyone but them wants impeached.

The utter hypocrisy makes anyone without an (R) after their names sick to their stomachs.

Posted by: Jan | July 11, 2007 2:17 PM

I'm deep into a forum at the NEW YORK TIMES, a supposed news organization that has not had ONE story on this matter since it was introduced!
(http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/06/20/clinton-gets-better-reception-on-iraq/#comment-139505)

Folks, you need to support and applaud each and every individual effort, this video was/is SUPERB!

Kucinich is ELECTED as far as i'm concerned for being the only one (besides Nancy pelosi) to call these pirates for what they are.

If we don't set a precedent against this (vice) president, then YOU will have to live with your choices, as will they.

The thing already hit PBS on MOYERS in an excellent broadcast last week, it's not controversy anymore, it's DUE PROCESS!

IMPEACH! IMPEACH!!

Posted by: JS | July 16, 2007 6:06 PM

"Articles 1 and 2 are the same".
Posted by: confused:

Yeah, what's up with that typo, can somebody at the Post correct that please? it's missing the part about:

INVADING IRAQ UNDER FALSE PRETENSE.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 16, 2007 7:44 PM

For all of you who wonder or believe impeachment is futile or a waste of money/energy, I'm sure a lot of people believed the American Revolution was futile and doomed to failure, a lot of people believed that the Civil Rights movement wasn't going to change anything. Impeachment will fail only if the good citizens of this country sit on the sidelines and do nothing. Even if Chaney was removed from office one day before his term was over, it's still the right thing to do. If you have any doubt about that you have not looked into his background and record. It speaks for itself.

Posted by: William | July 23, 2007 3:01 AM

I certainly hope you Americans can succeed in impeaching Cheney. As an English man I would like to tell our American friends that the opponents of the war criminal ACL Blair have succeeded in removing this man from office and that now the metropolitan police are poised to begin investigations on alleged genocide charges. The good people in both America and Britain (which we now call England because it looks like Scotland will break away soon enough to become independent)have to make our stand and hold our ground. The lies told and the disasterous consequences of these lies are apparent to most thinking people. I know many Americans pride themselves on their religious beliefs and faith. Is there not something in the bible about not bearing false witness? How do you feel about being lied to by people who are in a position of trust and responsibility. This is deep deep cynicism to lie about going into a war that has resulted in over 3500 US deaths plus approaching a million Iraqis.I hope and pray the Cheney impeachment succeeds. Truth must win through.

Posted by: DR M H Sutcliffe | August 6, 2007 2:43 PM

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